Besides telling his latest ‘dad joke’, what does your father (or father figure) enjoy most? Is it working in the garden? Fixing the car or watching the game? How about a braai and a cold beer?
With Father’s Day oming up this Sunday on 21 June, it's an important question those looking to celebrate their male role models need to ask. While the “world’s best dad” memorabilia is cherished any year, nothing tops making new memories and having experienced the nationwide lockdown, you might even discover that the ‘thing’ he wants the most this year is spending time with you.
If you really want to give him something meaningful, you can’t go wrong with the gift of travel. And yes, while we can’t travel for leisure right now, there’s no reason why you can’t snap up something for him later on.
In South Africa, there’s a local spot for every type of dad, grandad or important male or father-figure. Here a few ‘dad-stinations’ we’ve currently got our eye on...
1. Just-do-it dad
Fueled by pure ballie strength, fitness dad lives in sportswear. He’s already done the Comrades and is about to casually enter his next 20 km road race. He can typically be found squeaking takkie on the squash court, practising his swing on the golf course, or paddling out to sea in his surfski at 6am. If this sounds like your dad, snap up a travel later holiday filled with “dad-renaline”-pumping outdoor activities.
Ideal dad-stination: The Drakensberg, KZN
The Drakensberg is a great option, with its back-to-nature atmosphere, incredible mountain trails, and warm hospitality. Hike to your heart’s content, and if Dad’s a 4x4 fanatic, he’ll love taking on Sani Pass along the border of Lesotho. Book a future stay at Little Switzerland Resort, an Alpine-inspired resort overlooking the Amphitheatre. The bar area is proper English pub-style with a fireplace and beer on tap that's perfect for a post-activity refresher.
2. Slops-and-surf dad
In summer he dons his slops, and in winter he pairs them with socks. This dad is casual, easy to please, and typically loves the ocean. He can often be seen out on a “dawnie” mission in search of the perfect wave. If this type of dad sounds like yours, it’s likely he’s going to be happy in any destination that's close to the water, and where he has the freedom to explore on his own terms.
Ideal dad-stination: South Coast, KZN
You can’t go wrong with the iconic South Coast. While mom sprawls out on the sand with a good book, dad can hit the water. Besides being a top surf location, fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving is the order of the day. Book a night at the well-loved Blue Marlin Hotel in Scottburgh. It’s sure to tick all the boxes for this type of dad, and he might even remember holidaying here “back in the day”. All he needs are a few t-shirts, a pair of board shorts and slops and he’ll be good to go.
3. Tjop-en-dop dad
Unlike “just-do-it dad”, this dad can often be found perched on his favourite couch while the shisha nyama simmers away on the braai. If not there, check the local watering hole, especially if the game is on. His idea of dressing up is pairing jeans with a clean rugby shirt (often with a belt). While it might be hard to get this dad out of his comfort zone, choosing the right destination can make it a lot easier.
Ideal dad-stination: Cedarberg, Western Cape
A smaller town is a good bet for this type of dad when domestic travel returns, with low-key accommodation where he can kick back in his Crocs. With air-con and flat screens in every room, and delicious buffet-style dinners, Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort is a super location. Dad can choose between two pools (one indoor and heated) and have anything he needs sent straight to his sun lounger.
4. Down-to-business dad
This organised dad is probably a veteran jetsetter, travelling mostly for business. He is easy to spot in his suit and tie, briefcase in one hand, device in the other. He either runs his own business or works in a corporate executive position. A leisurely travel holiday is precisely what this dad needs, and he'll love one somewhere that he can spend time with his family and not worry about any of the planning.
Ideal dad-stination: Cape Town, Western Cape
A stay at or near the beach but with all the top-notch amenities offers the ultimate relaxation for this down-to-business dad. Treat him to a stay at Cape Town’s Peninsula-All-Suite Hotel in Sea Point, where he can quickly check his e-mails and still go for scenic walks along the promenade. Hire his favourite make of car and hit the real Cape Peninsula for the day.
Whether the father or father-figure in your life is just like one of these or a one-of-a-kind mix of them all, there’s a local dad-friendly destination waiting just for him to enjoy this Father’s Day.
This year, Dream Hotels & Resorts is also offering their travel-later gift vouchers valid at any of their 21 properties across the country, for 36 months from date of issue.